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2024 Avast’s Threat Research Team has been busy uncovering threats and vulnerabilitie
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In the first quarter of 2024, Avast’s Threat Research Team has been busy uncovering threats and vulnerabilities. Here are some highlights from their report:

Social Engineering Attacks: These continue to be the largest threat across platforms. On mobile devices, over 90% of blocked threats originated from scams. Desktop platforms also saw a surge in scams (61% on mobile and 23% on desktop), fueled by malvertising and malicious push notifications. Scam authors are getting craftier, using deepfake technology and AI-manipulated audio synchronization to deceive victims.
Phishing: This persistent threat has steadily increased over the past six quarters. Prevalent phishing campaigns are detailed further in the report.
Lazarus Group APT Campaign: The Lazarus Group orchestrated a sophisticated campaign targeting individuals in Asia with deceptive job offers. Avast researchers discovered an in-the-wild exploit within a Windows driver, which was subsequently utilized by a sophisticated rootkit in this campaign.
Zero-Day Vulnerability: In February, Avast researchers found and reported a zero-day admin-to-kernel vulnerability (CVE-2024-21338) to Microsoft. The Lazarus Group had exploited this vulnerability in the wild. Avast’s patch helped prevent further exploitation.
AI-Assisted Threats: As we step into 2024, we’re facing AI-assisted threats that are more sophisticated and harder to spot. Think deepfakes that could fool even the keenest eye and scams so well-crafted they blend seamlessly into our daily online activities.
Avast Babuk Decryption Tool: In cooperation with Cisco Talos and Dutch Police, Avast released an updated version of the Avast Babuk decryption tool. It can restore files encrypted by the Babuk variant called Tortilla.
Remember, staying informed and vigilant is crucial in the ever-evolving landscape of cybersecurity. If you have any specific questions or need further details, feel free to ask!  Avast Online Security & Privacy

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